Citizen Koch (2014) C-90min. CoD,CoSc: Carl Deal & Tine Lessin. Documentary about following the big big big money behind the Tea Party, and how a lot of it leads to the billionaire Koch (as in “Coke”) brothers. Originally scheduled to be shown on PBS, but David Koch managed to force its withdrawal from broadcast. Agree or disagree, it doesn’t matter, you’re still going to be pissed off one way or another. [NR]
Draft Day (2014) C-110min. D: Ivan Reitman. Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner. Costner in another sports drama, this time as an NFL team manager who’s going to have to pick between two quarterbacks for one playing position, and soon. Set in the real world of the Cleveland
Finding Vivian Maier (2013) C/B&W-83min. CoD,CoSc: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel. Posthumous documentary about a real estate agent who finds a cache of 100,000 street photos taken by a big city nobody, whose work becomes recognized and appreciated only after her death. The realtor-turned-archivist is co-director Maloof himself.
For No Good Reason (2014) D: Charlie Paul. Gonzo documentary in which the real Johnny Depp pays a visit to illustrator Ralph Steadman, the artist cohort of the late Hunter Thompson (who is seen in archival footage). Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, and Jenn Wenner also appear. [NR]
Names of Love, The (2010-France) C-100min. D: Michel Leclerc. Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin. Comedy about a young left-wing activist who converts her political opponents using her own method, and it’s a particularly intimate way at which the French excel. All goes quite well until she meets her match on the other side of the political fence. The director is a self-professed great fan of Woody Allen, so there you have it. Aka Le Nom des Gens. [R]
Night Moves (2013) C-112min. D: Kelly Reichardt. Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard. A trio of extreme environmentalists plans to blow up a dam. Edward Abbey would be proud. [R]